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Josh Hicks's Collection
 
9/22/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Josh Hicks
Dates:3/1/2012 - 12/31/2013
Album Info:Norfolk Southern's Altavista District, the old Virginian main. I live about 10 minutes from the tracks in multiple spots.
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Meador CPLs
Title:  Meador CPLs
Description:  These are long gone, as evidenced in one of my newer photos here. Wish I had gotten a few more better quality pictures though. This is the only location that I know that has received the new signals so far....
Photo Date:  8/17/2011  Upload Date: 4/10/2012 2:37:03 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Signal
Locomotives: 
Views:  130   Comments: 0
Goodview CPLs
Title:  Goodview CPLs
Description:  The double track funnels back into single track in this view, with some N&W CPLs guarding day and night.
Photo Date:  3/5/2012  Upload Date: 3/8/2012 11:02:25 PM
Location:  Goodview, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Signal
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Views:  135   Comments: 0
Unexpected Coal Train
Title:  Unexpected Coal Train
Description:  Driving down the gravel road near my house, this happened to come on by while I was standing on the old wooden bridge over the tracks. It was a loaded PGNX hopper train, and I think it's symbol was 766, but I'm really not sure.
Photo Date:  3/5/2012  Upload Date: 3/8/2012 11:02:48 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 8454(C40-8W) NS 8791(C40-9)
Views:  201   Comments: 2
Same Train, Different Day
Title:  Same Train, Different Day
Description:  Got lucky again and caught the return train of the previous shot, with the power running in the opposite direction. Pretty quick turn around time. I believe this would be the 767, if the previous symbol was correct
Photo Date:  3/6/2012  Upload Date: 3/8/2012 11:03:00 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 8791(C40-9) NS 8454(C40-8W)
Views:  115   Comments: 0
NS 810 past Meador
Title:  NS 810 past Meador
Description:  Loaded NS coal train heading to Norfolk coming through the curve. This is the only signal that has been upgraded on the line, as far as I know. The old CPLs that stood here were removed back in October 2011.
Photo Date:  3/6/2012  Upload Date: 3/8/2012 11:03:16 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 8043(ES44AC) NS 1045(SD70ACe)
Views:  150   Comments: 0
NS 189 through Goodview
Title:  NS 189 through Goodview
Description:  Took a quick detour on my way home, stopping to take a few more photos of the CPLs here. One signal was green, and about two minutes later, this guy showed up.
Photo Date:  3/7/2012  Upload Date: 3/8/2012 11:03:34 PM
Location:  Goodview, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9553(C40-9W) NS 9298(C40-9W)
Views:  102   Comments: 0
NS 189 once more
Title:  NS 189 once more
Description:  189 knocks down the clear signal at Goodview, snaking off around the curve.
Photo Date:  3/7/2012  Upload Date: 3/8/2012 11:03:49 PM
Location:  Goodview, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 9553(C40-9W) NS 9298(C40-9W)
Views:  132   Comments: 0
Moneta CPLs
Title:  Moneta CPLs
Description:  Went to check this spot out on my way back to Charlottesville. I tried a bunch of different angles, but it just doesn't look like the facing signal is lit. Maybe I'll try back during the dark sometime. NS must be picking back up on the track work on the line from back during the summer.
Photo Date:  4/8/2012  Upload Date: 4/10/2012 2:36:01 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Signal
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Views:  110   Comments: 0
NS 934 Loaded Herzog
Title:  NS 934 Loaded Herzog
Description:  Wasn't expecting a train here, just was driving by but saw the headlights comin' round the bend. Parked, hopped out and snapped some shots real quick. The track must not be level in this section because the engines are definitely leaning.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/12/2012 7:34:12 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9446(C40-9W) NS 6343(SD40E) NS 8960(C40-9W)
Views:  145   Comments: 0
Knock 'Em Down!
Title:  Knock 'Em Down!
Description:  About to knock down the intermediate signals here heading west to Roanoke. Also the first time I have seen these lit. Pretty nice photo spot.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/12/2012 7:34:15 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9446(C40-9W) NS 6343(SD40E) NS 8960(C40-9W)
Views:  183   Comments: 1
NS 52Z Grain Headed East
Title:  NS 52Z Grain Headed East
Description:  I was expecting a coal train to come through since it's very common, but this showed up instead. Loaded grain for South Carolina I believe. It would eventually make it's return through the area, 4 days later.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/12/2012 7:34:18 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 6794(SD60M) NS 8967(C40-9W) NS 8308(C40-8)
Views:  117   Comments: 0
Aaaand We're Back!
Title:  Aaaand We're Back!
Description:  Empty grain train 55Z coming back through 4 days later. I think it went to South Carolina, thus the wait.
Photo Date:  5/16/2012  Upload Date: 5/18/2012 1:26:19 AM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 6794(SD60M) NS 8745(C40-8)
Views:  91   Comments: 0
NS 824
Title:  NS 824
Description:  First of two NS coal trains on the day. Fairly slow, but the weather is too nice not to get out of the house on my weekends off.
Photo Date:  5/19/2012  Upload Date: 5/19/2012 5:55:47 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 7603(ES40DC) NS 1007(SD70ACe)
Views:  89   Comments: 0
NS 820
Title:  NS 820
Description:  Two newer GEVOs in the lead on the second coal train I caught headed east to Norfolk.
Photo Date:  5/19/2012  Upload Date: 5/19/2012 11:36:59 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 8020(ES44AC) NS 8016(ES44AC)
Views:  155   Comments: 0
NS 189 westbound
Title:  NS 189 westbound
Description:  First time I have shot a train in this location headed west. Light was good enough that the shot came out pretty good. The GP50 trailing was a nice treat too, except you cant see it in the photo.
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 5/26/2012 10:00:27 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9847(C40-9W) NS 9013(C40-9W) NS 7078(GP50)
Views:  121   Comments: 0
NS 18M
Title:  NS 18M
Description:  The sun had set and all I was left with was the slowly fading light as this mixed freight train heads south for NC.
Photo Date:  6/9/2012  Upload Date: 6/10/2012 12:02:34 AM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 2628(SD70M) NS 8314(C40-8W)
Views:  84   Comments: 0
The Black Death
Title:  The Black Death
Description:  NS coal train was just around the bend when I was driving by... had to roll the windows up after taking a couple of shots. It had been fairly dry leading up to this.
Photo Date:  6/17/2012  Upload Date: 6/24/2012 10:03:21 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
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Views:  73   Comments: 0
NS 68K
Title:  NS 68K
Description:  Nice change of pace from all the coal! Loaded ethanol train for Selma, NC on the ex-Virginian.
Photo Date:  7/23/2012  Upload Date: 7/26/2012 12:03:42 AM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9926(C40-9W) NS 9798(C40-9W) NS 9317(C40-9W)
Views:  187   Comments: 0
NS 749
Title:  NS 749
Description:  Empty coal hoppers from the power plant in Belmont, NC headed back towards the coal fields. Not a good location for westbounds, so the shot isn't all that great. But at least you can see the EMDs doing some work!
Photo Date:  7/23/2012  Upload Date: 7/26/2012 12:03:56 AM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 7674(ES40DC) NS 6746(SD60I) NS 9661(C40-9W) NS 6776(SD60M) NS 7713(ES40DC)
Views:  127   Comments: 0
NS 76A
Title:  NS 76A
Description:  The last train for the day, 76A is bringing loads east headed for the power plant at Clover, VA. It's about to start pouring rain in a few minutes.
Photo Date:  7/23/2012  Upload Date: 7/26/2012 12:04:05 AM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 7514(ES40DC) NS 8408(C40-8W)
Views:  96   Comments: 0
One Unit Wonder
Title:  One Unit Wonder
Description:  Not so special considering this was a fairly short train of empty hoppers, but different nonetheless. NS 815 with empties from Lambert's Point, which usually run the Blue Ridge District back to the coal fields.
Photo Date:  8/23/2012  Upload Date: 8/24/2012 12:39:36 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9113(C40-9W)
Views:  67   Comments: 0
NS 8104 by Surprise!
Title:  NS 8104 by Surprise!
Description:  Had absolutely no clue that the LV unit would be coming through, but I'm not complaining.
Photo Date:  8/23/2012  Upload Date: 8/24/2012 12:39:39 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 8104(ES44AC) NS 9312(C40-9W)
Views:  89   Comments: 0
NS 765 West
Title:  NS 765 West
Description:  Leading NS 765 through the countryside back to West Virginia for more coal for Progress Energy.
Photo Date:  8/23/2012  Upload Date: 8/24/2012 12:39:41 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 8104(ES44AC) NS 9312(C40-9W)
Views:  96   Comments: 0
Bedford CPLs
Title:  Bedford CPLs
Description:  These old veterans stand guard in the City of Bedford day and night.
Photo Date:  8/23/2012  Upload Date: 8/24/2012 12:39:43 PM
Location:  Bedford, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Signal
Locomotives: 
Views:  95   Comments: 0
NS 147
Title:  NS 147
Description:  The head end had already passed when I pulled up, but as the tail came around the bend this is what met me! I'd guess it was just being moved to Roanoke for some reason.
Photo Date:  12/19/2012  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:16 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  137   Comments: 0
NS 810
Title:  NS 810
Description:  Coal loads for Lambert's Point headed east.
Photo Date:  12/19/2012  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:23 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9536(C40-9W) NS 9542(C40-9W)
Views:  76   Comments: 0
NS 76A with Reading and Southern
Title:  NS 76A with Reading and Southern
Description:  Heard 48Z behind this train and thought I'd go shoot it, not knowing what was leading this train. Got very lucky!
Photo Date:  12/23/2012  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:27 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 1067(SD70ACe) NS 8099(ES44AC)
Views:  156   Comments: 0
Reading Once More
Title:  Reading Once More
Description:  A black and white shot of the same 76A
Photo Date:  12/23/2012  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:30 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 1067(SD70ACe) NS 8099(ES44AC)
Views:  102   Comments: 0
NS 48Z
Title:  NS 48Z
Description:  A loaded grain train slinks its way on down the line with a long line of matching covered hoppers.
Photo Date:  12/23/2012  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:33 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9109(C40-9W) NS 9828(C40-9W) NS 8755(C40-8)
Views:  135   Comments: 0
Fallen Sentinels
Title:  Fallen Sentinels
Description:  The CPLs at Goodview have fallen, the victim of progress and change.
Photo Date:  12/29/2012  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:36 PM
Location:  Goodview, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Signal
Locomotives: 
Views:  137   Comments: 0
NS 189
Title:  NS 189
Description:  An OLS unit leads 189 westbound toward Roanoke on a chilly day.
Photo Date:  12/29/2012  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:39 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9255(C40-9W) NS 7663(ES40DC) NS 9643(C40-9W)
Views:  95   Comments: 0
NS 763
Title:  NS 763
Description:  Progress Energy empties headed back to the coal fields
Photo Date:  1/2/2013  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 11:07:41 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9155(C40-9W) NS 2705(SD70M-2)
Views:  90   Comments: 0
NS 18M
Title:  NS 18M
Description:  Eastbound out of Roanoke. Another man had stopped to take video and said a coal train should be coming behind this, but it never showed up in the next 2 hours...
Photo Date:  1/9/2013  Upload Date: 1/13/2013 8:42:20 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9481(C40-9W) NS 9350(C40-9W)
Views:  82   Comments: 0
NS 64D
Title:  NS 64D
Description:  Loaded ethanol train heads east on the Altavista District, presumably to Selma, NC. The hand painted numberboard on the left adds a nice touch too!
Photo Date:  7/13/2013  Upload Date: 7/13/2013 4:55:18 PM
Location:  Moneta, VA
Author:  Josh Hicks
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 7671(ES40DC) NS 6648(SD60) NS 9605(C40-9W)
Views:  114   Comments: 0


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